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Trees outside Independent Palace.

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon.

Saigon Central Post Office.

Beekeeping on the Mekong Delta.

Boating around the Mekong Delta.

Night out on Bui Vien Street.

Củ Chi tunnels.


Ridiculously hot and sticky we walk along Bùi Viện in District 1. It is a shock to us both to feel this warm. We sit down at a small restaurant to shelter from the sun and make a plan for our stay. With the city offering up such a rich selection of sights and museums, as well as the Mekong Delta and Cu Chi tunnels being so close by, we know that we are going to need more time here. Plus, this kind of heat requires a slow tempo to avoid melting entirely

In spite of everything else that this great city has to offer, vibrant nightlife, venerable pagodas, beautiful architecture, it is the history here that fascinates me most. Not knowing much about the history of Vietnam, I find our visit to the War Remnants Museum very hard-hitting. The truth of the Vietnamese war is so shocking and the cruelty seems too recent to comprehend. I find myself deeply moved by the photographs on display here. A feeling that is only emphasised by a visit to the tunnels of the Viet Cong.

Caught up in the chaotic blend of Saigon's tragic past and bustling future, I leave hungry to discover more.

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